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Photos from Nnamdi Kanu's secret trial in Abuja

By dayan (M)January 11, 2017, 09:34:39 AM
The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu resumed today at the Federal High Court, Abuja.



 Armed security personnel which comprises of mobile police officers and operatives of the Department of  State Security service mounted tight security at the court premises on Tuesday.

Press men were initially barred from entering the court building by security personnel until the intervention of Kanu’s lawyer.

Kanu, and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, were
accused of treasonable felony and are being tried by the Federal government.



It would be recalled that Kanu’s trial was suspended on December 13 after he and other defendants angrily challenged the court’s decision to allow the use of “protected” witnesses.

The judge, Binta Nyako, had ruled in December that witnesses would be allowed some degree of protection.

    “The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses. The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court,” the judge said.

Justice Nyako also said the court would allow the witnesses to be shielded with screen-guards.

The ruling was enforced today, with screen-guards shielding the judge, defendant and witnesses from the rest of the court.










IPOB members protest against secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court Abuja on Tuesday






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Re: Photos from Nnamdi Kanu's secret trial in Abuja

By dayan (M)January 11, 2017, 09:43:16 AM
The pursuit of Justice in any nation is only useful when the general population of citizens see it as transparent and fair.
Law by nature is murky and for the initiated, making it hard for ordinary persons to follow its process. So, in sensitive cases, deliberate steps are normally taken to make the process as transparent as possible; a typical case is the O.J. Simpson case that was broadcast by major news outlets and was even watched live in foreign countries. The reason is that when the verdict came down, the general public was not taken unawares too much.
In a political case, transparency is CRITICAL because once the defendant's part of the country (make no mistake, Igbos and others in the east are closely following the case) feel that the process is being deliberately masked out of public scrutiny, the only verdict they would likely accept is outright acquittal. Any other verdict would be unacceptable because it was not transparent to them.
This is just a common sense thing. 

Re: Photos from Nnamdi Kanu's secret trial in Abuja

By alagbe003 (M)January 11, 2017, 08:26:23 PM
Why should his trial be in secret? Is the government hiding something from the general public?


Re: Photos from Nnamdi Kanu's secret trial in Abuja

By naijarian (F)January 11, 2017, 08:35:10 PM
You have his offence, public knowledge now. Why try him in secret? I don't know what this will achieve. The thing is even dragging too long makes me begin to Wonder.


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